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doesn't take up much room, and there's no rule that says gardeners have to separate their landscaping from their edibles. Just be careful what you harvest, because many landscaping plants are not edible.

CONVENIENCE While a traditional vegetable garden is usually planted away from the house, edible landscaping can be planted right outside your door. That makes it easy to step outside and pick some rosemary or pull a piece of fruit from a tree, making it easier to put your garden to use. It's also popular to use containers as part of an edible landscape. There are many varieties of dwarf citrus trees, for example, that are perfect for container gardening. You can bring them indoors in the winter and let them be visible as part of

your landscaping in the spring and summer.

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Finally, edible landscaping can be just as beautiful as traditional, non-edible landscaping. You have plenty of choices for edible plants that are also suitable for the landscape — including varieties of persimmons, pecans, citrus trees and peach trees — that are as tasty as they are good looking. When you choose edible plants for your landscaping, you're freeing up more space in your vegetable garden for other plants. You're also putting your gardening skills on full display, letting visitors get an up-close look at the bounty you're growing rather than hiding it in a faraway backyard garden.

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If you're considering inspiration from Colonial gardens of yore for your landscape, certain pointers can turn that dream garden into a reality. First, Colonial gardens are largely geometric and symmetrical. Elements should be arranged with thought to the central axis of the planting bed. Color is used sparsely in Colonial-style gardens; therefore, stick to small patches of color used in moderation against monochromatic hues of green foliage. Linear pathways are also a dominating feature of Colonial gardens. At the end of the path put a focal point, such as a large planter or birdbath. Brick, crushed gravel and seashells are pathway materials of choice when constructing the garden. Using more hardscape than plants and flowers enables homeowners who create Colonial-style gardens to perform minimal maintenance.

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